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Alexis Strait, Fr. White Cloud- How valuable was this addition to the Indian squad? Her ability to score freed up teammate Hannah Brown who was often double and triple teamed before Strait’s arrival. This freshman gets it done on both ends and plays like a varsity veteran.
Hannah Brown, Jr. White Cloud- With the graduation of Bre Harris, Brown assumes the mantle of the best player in the area. She can play cover defense, dish it out like a lunch lady on goulash day, and man, oh man, can she score. Brown ripped the nets to achieve the 1000 career point mark sometime in February and has continued to pile up the points since. The catalyst for the teams success this season when the Cloud posted a 16-7 record, tied for second in the Silver and made it to the District Finals.
Cecelia Male, Jr. Grant-Part of a group of scrappers in Grant. While the Tigers didn’t post many W’s, teams that played them came away knowing they were in a game from tip-off to buzzer. Male has the ability to light it up when she gets hot as evidenced by her performance against Morley when she poured in 22 of her team’s 40 points in the win.
Riley Sweet, Sr. Fremont- Her dogged determination on the court and leadership by example helped pull together a team beset by a pair of key injuries. Sweet defers to her higher scoring teammates with seeing eye passes and seems to always be in the mix whenever there’s a scrum for a loose ball.
Bre Harris, Sr. Fremont- A year that began with such promise took a hit when she crashed to the floor in the final seconds of a heartbreaking loss to Reed City with a broken wrist. Her addition to the team is based partly on her body of work over 4 seasons of premier play and the difference she made this season when able to play.. Harris gave Packer Backers a lot of thrills since she took the court as a freshman and she will be missed.
Calla Miller, Fr. Fremont- One of three freshman to grace this squad, she stepped up big time after the injury to Harris. Pressed into duty Miller did not miss a beat and displayed some defensive wizardry to go with her superior ball handling ability.
Jaylee Long, Fr. Newaygo- Another freshman phenom who will only get better as she learns (ala Brown and Harris) to manage the double teaming that was tossed at her once teams got a look at her scoring ability. Long plays the game with the kind of reckless abandon that is fun to watch and will be a force on the court in the coming years as well.
Alexis Brocker, Sr Newaygo- A grinder who will do whatever it takes to succeed. Brocker leaves it all on the court and plays a fearless brand of basketball that is fun to watch. A fiery competitor who goes after it as if she is oblivious to the scoreboard.
Emma Overbeek, Sr. Tri County- A spark plug for a team that truly came together, winning 12 of their last 14 including 8 in a row and grabbing a District title at season’s end. Overbeek never stopped believing in her team and never stopped playing like it was the final seconds of overtime. She scored when needed, played in your face defense and had an innate ability to find open teammates.
Tricia Slavens, Sr. Tri County - A player’s player Slavens does so many things well on the floor. She can score, defend, pass and rebound with the best of them and fills whatever role is needed. Her play in the Districts helped propel her team to the title. A true gamer.